Prejudice & Discrimination
Counselling and Therapy for Prejudice & Discrimination
Prejudice and discrimination can happen to anyone, at any age and at any time of their lives.
Prejudice is an unjustified or incorrect attitude (usually negative) towards an individual or group based on a specific characteristic. Discrimination is acting on this prejudice, for example a person can hold a prejudiced view but choose not to act on it. Or equally they can act on it for example denying an older person a job simply because of their age.
Anybody can hold a prejudicial view towards another and anybody can actively discriminate against another. Equally anybody can be on the receiving end of such treatment. It is not confined to a particular social group.
The impact of prejudice and discrimination can negatively impact our wellbeing and sometimes result in feelings of self doubt, lowered self esteem and confidence, anxiety about seeing the perpetrator, low mood and anger. Although these consequences may not be 'seen' they can be just as hurtful and damaging to someone.
How therapy can help
If you have experienced prejudice or discrimination or perhaps you recognise in yourself that you hold prejudicial views and have discriminated against people, speaking to a trained professional in a safe and confidential environment can provide the opportunity to explore the views and beliefs we hold, the impact of prejudice and discrimination and how to create more healthy and meaningful relationships with others.
If you feel it would be helpful to speak with a therapist, please contact me
"The discrimination at work left me feeling devalued and angry. Therapy helped me work through these feelings and move on. I am in a much better place now".
Jerry 42 yrs
"I felt I was second best to others after experiencing prejudice for years. It took a while to rebuild my confidence in myself and others but having counselling was really helpful in this process".
Sajid 37 yrs